Capitol Hill hires veteran football coach Dan Cocannouer as athletic director

Southwestern Oklahoma State football coach Dan Cocannouer on campus in Weatherford, Thursday October, 8 2015. Coach Cocannouer recently lost his wife to cancer. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman

Dan Cocannouer has been retired about six months and he already knows it doesn’t work for him.

So, the longtime football coach is making a comeback to the high school level, this time as the athletic director.

Cocannouer is the new Capitol Hill High School athletic director, he and Oklahoma City Public Schools athletic director Keith Sinor confirmed to The Oklahoman on Tuesday.

Cocannouer spent the past nine seasons as the head football coach at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, his alma mater.

But before that he coached high school football for 25 seasons. Most recently, he was at Edmond Santa Fe. He led the Wolves for eight seasons, compiling a 70-26 record, one state runner-up finish and two state semifinal appearances. He’s led five different schools to the playoffs and is a member of the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Now, he’s tasked with rebuilding Capitol Hill, which continues its search for a new football coach.

Capitol Hill and U.S. Grant have not played within an Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association district the past four seasons. They both received board approval to be independent in football to rebuild the programs. They will be independent for at least the next two seasons.

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